Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Walking on Water

Sometimes you’ve got to be just crazy enough to believe anything is possible. Here are a few guys who might inspire you to rise to any challenge. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sometimes Healing Comes Through Letting Go

Dandelion - letting go for healingAs a practice this week, purchase try to let go of the things you can’t control. Try releasing the outcome of whatever has you worried or fearful. If your life or your body need healing, order sometimes the best way to help this happen is actually to let go.

Take a deep breath. Love yourself. Fix a cup of tea and rest. Allow Grace to enter your life and begin taking care of things on your behalf.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Learning To Fly…Again

Tip Rogers is a hang glider pilot who doesn’t seem to let much of anything stop him from doing what he loves. Here is a short, inspiring video about his story.

A Leg To Fly On by Lucas Ridley from Lucas Ridley on Vimeo.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Moving Forward in the Face of Chronic Illness


I’ve seen and experienced a great deal of illness in my personal and professional life. I was chronically ill (Chronic Fatigue James Jordan for Jeans CreamSyndrome) for six years in the 1980s and after recovering my health, changed careers from lawyer to nutritionist. After I recovered my health I continued working as a lawyer but found myself advising many of my clients and colleagues on nutrition and health. I remember one day realizing that I was more inspired to teach people how to improve their health than practice law, which began a career transition that took several years.

The first thing I needed in my own healing was a motivation to get well. I saw the world as upside down and full of injustice and suffering. There was no reason to live but I didn’t want to die either so I sat out much of my 20’s. I had rejected spirituality and life beyond the senses. When I open up to a spiritual dimension of life the decisions I made pertaining to my health became better decisions and I gradually recovered. In “Man’s Search for Meaning”, Viktor Frankl talks about how finding meaning in life was the key to surviving his experience in Nazi concentration camps. This was important for me as well.

After developing meaning for my own life, I had to address toxicity and nutrition in order for my body to heal. In becoming a nutritionist, I learned that many degenerative and chronic illnesses have toxicity and nutrient deficiency components to them. I’ve also found that different people heal with different types of diets. Since we are all biologically unique, the diet and supplements that purify and regenerate our cells the best are based on our unique metabolic imbalances and biological conditioning. And so, this has become the focus of my work in helping my clients to recover their health.

Purpose and meaning in life, along with the right diet and nutrition program, from my perspective, are the two keys to recovering from illness of all kinds. Said another way, I believe that both motivation and discernment are critical to success. Motivation to live and experience life fully, and discernment between what is good for our bodies and what is not. We can’t give up. We must use our discernment to make decisions based on what increases our health and vitality.

James Jordan, CNC, JD, is a certified nutritional consultant and a certified metabolic typing advisor who helped heal himself from a six-year battle with chronic illness. In the field for more than a decade, James has supported thousands of people in regaining their health. He has been on staff at the Optimal Wellness Center in Chicago and led his own private health practice in Illinois and Oregon. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in natural healing, while completing his naturopathic degree. James has also been a featured nutrition and alternative health care expert on Channel 7 News in Chicago.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

What Helped Me Move Forward


A girl I know was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I say girl because she is young – like under-35 young – and, well, she’s really not supposed to get the disease. It’s apparently not all that common for young women. In fact, just under 7 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40 years old. Still, it seems like so many are hearing that dreaded string of words: you-have-cancer.

Fortunately, many are surviving, too. And that’s why I’m pretty darn sure my friend will one day look back and marvel at her survival. Just like I do.

My diagnosis came at me like a ton of bricks the day before Thanksgiving in 2004. I was 34 years old, living a happy little life asJacki Donaldson beat cancer a wife and mom of two boys. Joey was almost 4, and Danny was 18 months, and more than anything when I first learned of the invader in my left breast, I feared I would die before my babies grew into men. Now that I’ve graduated from surgery, chemo, radiation, more drug therapy, counseling and a year-and-a-half dance with an anti-depressant, I have almost no worries at all. I guess it’s sort of an evolution – from sheer panic to peaceful calm – that has allowed me to be OK with the fact that I’ve had cancer, and to truly (truly!) believe it’s not coming back. Here’s some of what might have helped me move forward:

Therapy. The counseling and anti-depressant helped me stop weeping every time someone asked, “How are you?” They squashed the anxiety that kept balling up in my stomach, and they braced me until treatment was over and I could wean myself back into real life.

Blogging. It was my husband’s idea, to write down every step of the journey, so others could get updates without my retelling the story over and over and over again. my Breast Cancer blog started as a way to communicate, and it’s morphed into a living document, now five years long. It helps me to write, it brings in others who open up and share their stories, it’s even scored me writing gigs.

Support. I’m lucky, because of my rockin’ husband, my loving kids, my mom who lives in my neighborhood, and my sister who lives around the corner. Plus, I had a whole team of friends who came to my rescue with meals, gifts, letters, emails, a hand-made quilt — you name it, they delivered it. They kept me cushioned for a long time. I also had Chemo Angels – people I didn’t even know who wrote me letters of encouragement through chemotherapy.

Eating. I learned to eat right post-treatment. I’m not saying I’m a perfect eater or anything, but I know what my body needs and what it doesn’t need, and I Jacki Donaldson marathon after cancertry to make it all balance out so I can be as healthy as possible.

Exercising. Research shows that something like five strenuous hours of exercise per week can cut my chances of recurrence significantly, so I’m committed. I run (finished my first half-marathon this year), I walk, I swim, I do whatever I can to ensure my docs keep praising me for my low heart rate (last check = 50).

There’s more. I aim to keep stress low (I recently quit a job that was taking over my life and got a lovely new one), I go to all sorts of doc visits to keep on top of things (just went to my first “survival” appointment), I keep my eye on the prize (my family), and, mostly, I try like mad to cherish every. single. moment. of. every. single. day.

Jacki Donaldson is a wife, mom, freelance writer and editor. When she’s not blogging breast cancer at, she’s usually spilling secrets about her kids at

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Jessica’s Daily Affirmations

We’ve all heard the theories on how daily affirmations can help improve our lives and even our health. If ever anyone made this positive thinking thing look fun and easy to do, here is one little girl that’ll knock your socks off. She certainly brightened our day!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sky Lanterns

The people of Northern Thailand are famous for their sky lantern festival. Participants believe that it is good luck to release a lantern and that the lights rising into the dark night are symbolic of their problems and worries floating away. sky lantern festival thailand

The festival is glorious. What a sight to behold! And it makes us wonder: if we really could let our problems and worries fly off into the night that easily, would we? There are some things we lose sleep over that we just can’t do anything about. So maybe, even just for a moment, we can try letting our worries disappear into the sky of an unknowable future and stay present in the peace of today.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Finding Hidden Gifts in the Midst of Change

This young man lost his sight due to epilepsy. Now, he’s creating a world so beautiful you just have to see it to believe it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Magnificent World

Our world is large, recipe infinitely and wonderfully so. Yet it can be so easy for our awareness to shrink down when we feel afraid or stressed out. If we can stretch ourselves to look out into the glorious world outside our four walls and to see nature and the universe beyond, we are reminded of the larger brilliance of which we are all a part. And from this place we are much better able to put our challenges into healthy perspective.

In celebration of nature and life, here are some of National Geographic’s most stunning pictures of the year. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

A Quick Shot of “Yes You Can”

Sometimes we all need a cheering squad. If today’s one of those days, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here’s two minutes of highlights from 40 of the most memorable pep talks ever……enjoy!